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Chinese Nutritional Therapy     Moxibustion     Tai Chi     Additional Resources

traditional chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes a range of traditional medical practices such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbs and nutrition, Tuina massage therapy, and Tai-chi movement therapy. It is based on the ancient Taoist philosophy of yin and yang which categorizes everything into these two properties, each influencing and balancing the other. With more than 5000 years of clinical history in China, TCM has now gained increasing acceptance in the United States as more and more Americans and people throughout the world find relief through TCM. Two fundamental concepts in TCM are that a person’s mind and body are one with nature, and treatment focuses on discovering the true cause of illnesses and healing the root of conditions.

Since each person's body is unique, the results depend on the individual’s commitment and attitude towards the treatments, the duration of the treatment/s, nature and severity of the condition. For the body to recover naturally from chronic illnesses, confidence and patience are essential.

The ancient Chinese discovered that there is a universal life energy called Qi that is present in all living things. Qi flows throughout the human body in specific pathways called meridians. Illnesses and pain occur when this flow of energy is blocked. Acupuncture works by dispersing or attracting Qi energy along specific points on the meridians in order to restore balance between the yin and yang.

Acupuncture needles are 10 times thinner than hypodermic needles. One can barely feel it when inserted. Most patients experience relaxation and symptomatic relief. Some patients even fall into a restful nap.

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chinese herbal therapy
After diagnosing an individual patient’s pattern of disharmony, a personalized formula of herbs is prescribed based on age, constitution, environment, time, and medical condition. While acupuncture moves and balances the Qi, Chinese herbs nourish, replenish, and enhance the Qi, blood, and essence of our body. Especially in chronic ailments, the herbs provide the means for improved body defense against pathogens and supplies the nutrients for regeneration. Some herbs, when taken regularly, can even prolong our lives and rejuvenate our bodies.

chinese nutritional therapy
See article Chinese Nutritional Therapy (by Ban B. Wong, L.Ac Dipl. Ac and Hb, Ph.D.).

Moxibustion is a procedure of burning a herb, Folium Artemisiae Vulgaris, commonly known as mugwort, to create heat and therapeutic result on the affected areas. After moxibustion, deep warmth is usually felt in the applied area. Moxibustion increases circulation throughout the administered area and promotes Qi to flow in the channels and meridians. It is used to treat certain types of pelvic pain, severe cramps, infertility, high blood pressure, and menstrual bleeding.

tai chi
Tai Chi is a breathing exercise that has been practiced in China for centuries to strengthen the flow of Qi (energy) within the body. It is practiced following the form and movement of martial art while the whole body moves as one very slowly and gently in circular paths. Tai Chi can enhance and promote balance, coordination, strength, stamina, and flexibility in all the joints and major muscle groups. Qi stagnation is the cause of Yin and Yang imbalance that leads to disease and aging. Stemming from this Taoists belief, Tai Chi was developed to help circulate the Qi (energy) that releases and prevents stagnation. Feeling each movement, the practitioner learns to cultivate the communication between mind and body and to guide the flow of Qi through the entire body.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement - Acupuncture (1997)

A Consumer’s Guide to Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2002)

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